Something hard for me is limiting my birding to focus on things that are actually important. Birding is my mental break and the only period of time my brain stops thinking about everything except birds. So I took a mental break yesterday and glad I did, and flanked my outing with my chores, phone calls, and grocery shopping. It's a bird-life balance....
|Also down low, a female orchard oriole. I saw no nesting material with her, she kept going down to the ground at the lakes edge, where they covered up the invasive phragmites with tarps.|
|A Canada Warbler (one of my faves) flew out from the Oak and to a lower, more sparse tree-- doing its best impression of an Audubon Painting.|
|In addition to this Canada Warbler and the Blue-winged Warbler, the oak tree had Black-and-white warbler, Black-throated-green warbler, Yellow-rumped warbler, and at its base--- more common yellowthroat.|
|Did I mention.... ovenbirds?|
These little guys creep along the ground, but despite their size, you can hear them as they loudly blast out their "TEACHER-TEACHER-TEACHER" song.
|Also very present in the park were Magnolia Warbler, another very handsome bird.|
|In walking the Lullwater, I came upon a handsome pair...|
|The female wood ducks totally lead the show. Two males were following her as she ate and did her thing.|
|While watching the wood ducks, this common yellowthroat hops out onto a rock within inches of my feet. He, then stole my attention...|
|As I backtracked on the opposite side of the Lullwater, near the rustic arbor/seating area I found a second Wilson's Warbler who was easy to photograph, except for when he got too close!|
|He worked the low growth, looking for yummy insects and larvae.|
|Best warbler photo of the day. Thanks for posing, dude!|